He planned the funeral himself: British say goodbye to their Captain Tom

He planned the funeral himself
British say goodbye to their Captain Tom

His walker donation run brings the British health service millions for the fight against corona – then Tom Moore dies himself after a corona infection. Great Britain is now bidding farewell to Sir Tom with military honors.

Great Britain says goodbye to its pandemic hero: record fundraiser Tom Moore alias Captain Tom is to be buried with military honors later in the day. The 100-year-old World War II veteran died on February 2 after a coronavirus infection in a hospital in Bedford, England.

According to his daughter, the funeral will be “pretty spectacular”. The time and place were initially kept secret at the request of his family. Six soldiers are supposed to carry the coffin to the crematorium. For this purpose, gun salutes are to be fired and a horn player will play the military signal known as the “Last Post”. Because of the measures taken to contain the pandemic, only eight family members will attend.

“My sister and I planned the funeral my father wanted,” said Moore’s daughter Lucy Teixeira, according to the UK news agency. Her father made it very clear how he had envisaged his funeral. But she was unable to fulfill one wish: “If it could have been put in a cardboard box instead of a tree being felled, then it would have done that,” said Teixeira. But it is planned that several trees will be planted in his honor, she said. He also asked that the song Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” be played at the funeral service. In an online condolence book, people can use photos and text to express their sympathy.

There will also be an overflight in a military aircraft from the Second World War. On the occasion of his 100th birthday last April, Spitfire fighters thundered over Moore’s house in Marston Moretaine, East England, near Bedford.

Immortalized in the Guiness Book

Moore had raised more than £ 32 million in donations for the British health service NHS, which was under severe pressure in the pandemic, setting a Guinness world record. He had walked 100 laps through his backyard with his rollator. Almost overnight he became a national hero. Queen Elizabeth II knighted him.

His triumphant advance hardly wanted to end. “Captain Tom”, who was also promoted to Colonel on account of his honor, even stormed to the top of the UK charts with his own version of the soccer anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. He recorded the song with British singer and actor Michael Ball and an NHS choir. He later published an autobiography called “Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day” – the book became a bestseller.

The ashes of Moore are said to be buried in a family grave in the northeastern English county of Yorkshire.

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